In conclusion, captchas are inaccessible, inconsiderate and frustrating. In addition, most captchas are not as secure as you would like to believe. A far more elegant solution is to use some sort of filtering system (like Akismet). Such a system can run behind the scenes and work without complicating the user experience.
It’s time to kill off captchas and stop punishing users for trying to interact with our sites.
I recently had a friend recommend an artist (who is someone that they personally know). No problem, that’s the whole point of friends, doing stuff and letting other people know about it. However going to the CDBaby site of the artist, and taking a look at the reviews of the music I get this:
AnoymousCommenters by jtyost2, on Flickr
Even though you have to log in to CDBaby, all the reviews are just random meaningless words. “A Fan”, “Fan”, even going so far as just flat out “anonymous”. Grrr really bothers me seeing reviews or commentary from people that won’t sign their own name. The log in value there isn’t even worth it, if you use a meaningless username.
I don’t know if the artist or someone that she knows did these reviews, but that is what it makes me think. I no longer trust the reviews and the reviews become meaningless to me, because I have no trust for them.
Just sign your name and I will at least trust the review a little bit more than I currently do, even though I probably don’t even know you. At least someone who I don’t know I trust more than someone who appears to be blatantly spamming the reviews.
All that being said the music really wasn’t all that bad, I just hope the artist can find some fans who will attach a name to the review.